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Boule Bread

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: bread,, easy

Ingredients

  • 6-1/2 cups of wheat We grind our own, so we add 2T of wheat gluten too - plus a small amount of flour to dust bread board)
  • 2 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 cups warm water not boiling, but warm to touch plus 4 more cups of water for the bottom of the oven in a metal pan to "steam while cooking
  • 2 teaspoons salt I only use pink Himalayan in my house
  • Optional toppings: see below

Instructions

  • In a glass bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. (OR instead, use 1 cup sour dough starter instead of the yeast mixture plus 1-1/2 cup of water - Sourdough starter recipe here)
  • In a larger bowl, stir together wheat (and wheat gluten if you are adding extra) and salt.
  • Slowly stir in yeast mixture(or sour dough starter plus water) into flour with wooden spoon.
  • Blend well until dough forms.
  • Place dough ball in clean bowl.
  • Cover with cloth and let rise on counter for 1 hour.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll out to form either a boule shape (round) or a baguette  (long and skinny) and let rise again for 1 hour.
  • Using your bread knife, make slices into the tops of the dough about 1/2 inch deep. (I have always done this... I think that it is just decorative.)
  • (OPTIONAL - you can sprinkle with cheese or garlic, fresh or dried herbs before baking... (I have 3 kids who LOVE cheese and fresh jalapenos on their bread)
  • Place dough in oven and pour 4 cups of water in a pan in the bottom of heated oven... this gives a crunchy outside layer.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.